School Philosophy

cameraoct2012052Cornerstone Montessori Academy follows the Montessori approach to the education of young children. In saying this, we believe that each child is an explorer within his or her environment and that we as adults should observe and allow the children to choose their own work freely. Children are to be treated with respect and love at all times. It is important that children work, through the environment and guidance of staff; to become independent and caring individuals, self-disciplined, peacekeepers, and conscious of community.

camera20112012046“We believe that each child is an explorer within his or her environment”

Our School Program offers a work period for the child, which allows them to discover and engage in activities without disruption from staff or by an agenda. It is important that children feel that they are able to begin and complete activities without being rushed by time restraints. Our Casa Program therefore allows a 2 – 2 1/2 hour work period each morning to allow the children to explore. They are welcome to enjoy snack, a rest period, or engage in activity within this time as they so choose. Our Toddler Program includes a work period tailored to the age and concentration level of the younger child. Snack is served as a group to enable these young children to build their Grace and Courtesy skills, helping them become aware of the community classroom.

“It is important that children feel that they are able to begin and complete activities without being rushed by time restraints”

cameraoct2012064Our staff members are always available to assist the children, introduce new concepts and activities within the classroom, to share in story time, help to connect the children with interesting work, and to observe at all times. Specialized group lessons and activities are included in both our daily programs. Through these group lessons, the children strengthen friendships and foster working together to encourage a greater sense of love and unity in each child.

  1. “Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”
  2. “And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.”

– Maria Montessori